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Monday, January 02, 2006

Text messaging is killing English!

It's frightening what's happening to the English language. I had kids in the class in which I was subbing that were writing in the most appalling fashion. Instead of "because," these kids would write "cuz." And even when I asked them to spell it out, they would write "cause," 'cause they didn't even realize that "cause" and "because" are two completely separate words.

They would also use 2 and 4 in place of to, too, two, for, and four. They ended plural words with z instead of s. And they spelled "they" T-H-A-Y. At some level, you have to wonder what's wrong with these kids.

I asked at one point I said, "Okay guys, review: what's a verb?" To which they responded, "Person, place, or thing?" I wanted to say, "Jeez, you guys clearly don't even pay attention when you watch TV." I mean, how can they have missed the whole "Verb - It's what you do!" ad campaign. I mean, WTF? These are seventh- and eighth-graders. The eighth-grade students have to take exams at the end of the year, and I can't imagine how half my students will pass the English portion. They have to do a written test as well. Some of them can't even string a few words into a complete sentence, and then a few sentences into a paragraph.

I know a lot of people want to blame teachers, but I don't think that's the whole enchilada. Of course, teachers have some responsibilities, but as I've outlined in a previous post, some parents can really screw up their children's opportunities. The kids themselves also hold some responsibility, because they are reaching an age when they should be starting to take charge of their own educations. Of course, most of them are too immature and their parents expect nothing more out of them. Children will rise to the level of our expectations. Expect better and they'll do better.

-The Hippy's Wife :)


At 1/03/2006 3:03 PM, Blogger Josephus said...

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